New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge

Happy New  Year! About 1/2 of US Women say that losing weight is their #1 New Year’s Resolution. People with a support and encouragement team are more likely to achieve their goals. I propose that AkronOhioMoms work together on this New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge by encouraging one another.  Want to join us? Hit us up on Facebook Fan Page!


Last Fall, I came across, “How to Lose 20 lbs. of Fat in 30 Days…Without Doing any Exercise” on Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Work Week website.  See original article here. I did not really believe that it could be done, not by me anyway. I put it to the test, and followed the below plan about 80% of the time and I lost 15 lbs. It was rather easy and I was never hungry.

There are 4 basic rules to follow for

How to Lose up to 20 lbs. of Fat in 30 Days…Without Doing Any Exercise

plate2Rule #1: Avoid “white” carbohydrates

Do not eat carbs,  anything that is, was, or can be White.  (Bread, rice, cereal, potatoes, pasta, fried food with breading, etc.) The only time these foods can be consumed is within 1-1/2 hours after a resistance-training workout fr at least 20 min in length. Avoid eating anything white.

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plate1Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again

Repetition is the key for successful dieters. Mix and match, constructing each meal with one from each of the three following groups:

Proteins:
Egg whites with one whole egg for flavor
Chicken breast or thigh
Grass-fed organic beef
Pork

Legumes:
Lentils
Black beans
Pinto beans

Vegetables:
Spinach
Asparagus
Peas
Mixed vegetables

Eat as much as you like of the above food items. Just remember: keep it simple. Pick three or four meals and repeat them. If you eat out, get a salad and veggies instead of potatoes and fries.

Remember to consume enough calories so that you do not suffer from low energy and thus quit the diet. Vegetables are not calorie dense, so it is important to add legumes for caloric load. For example 1/2 cup of rice is 300 calories and 1/2 cup of spinach is only 15 calories. Eat as much as you wish.

Rule #3: Don’t drink calories

Be sure to get at least 8 glasses of water a day, more is even better. You may drink as much unsweetened iced tea, tea, diet sodas, coffee (without white cream), or other no-calorie/low-calorie beverages as you like. Do not drink milk, normal soft drinks, or fruit juice.  This was where I did not follow the diet 100%, I consumed 1-2 cans of coke a day.

Rule #4: Take one day off per week

When you go off your diet 1 day a week, it ensures that your metabolic rate doesn’t down regulate from extended caloric restriction. This is where many dieters go downhill, they lose weight for the first week, then their body readjusts and they lose less and less the following weeks. On the one day a week, eat as much and anything that you want. (Ice cream, Snickers, Take 5, and all of other vices in excess) If you make yourself a little sick of all of the junk foods then you will not want to look at them for another week or at least you won’t feel deprived as with many diets.

Would you like to Join AkronOhioMoms in this diet?

I am not a doctor and do not authorize you to try this diet without medical recommendation. If you do try this diet, please comment below on your experience and success story!

Let’s encourage each other, give helpful tips and hints, and be a great support time in the New Year. Post in the Comments Below if you are on board!

More on Tim Ferriss 4 Hour Work Week

Last fall, I read 4 Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss. It is an excellent book that challenging your mind on daily work practices and how to strive to new ways to think and therefore earn a living. My husband and I have put some of his ideas into practice, although I cannot say that we have exactly “escaped 9-5, live anywhere, and joined the new rich” as his book is titled.  We have learned and putting many lessons into practice.Tim Ferriss challenges ideas on many fronts. His website and blog has many interesting ideas and life experiences that are somewhat odd, interesting, and exciting.

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11 thoughts on “New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge

  1. Cindy Orley says:

    I was on this diet for 10 days and lost 6lbs. I quit this diet because I had 2 health concerns. #1 I became dizzy 2 times. #2 It made my menstrual cycle start 1 week early. Before you begin this or any diet, consult with your family doctor first.

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  3. Cindy Orley says:

    Just an update. My husband and I have been following this diet very strictly for 6 days now. Tomorrow is our free day! We cannot wait, in fact, I think we will start with a fresh baked cookie at midnight! ha ha I think it is great that we get 1 free day a week to reset our metabolic rate! Our scale is broken so I don’t know how much we have lost yet but clothes are already fitting nicer. I’ll keep you posted.

  4. Rachel says:

    I need to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight majorly bad. I might try this diet and see if DH wants to too. DH gained ‘sympathy pregnancy weight’ too LOL

  5. Sarah James says:

    I have always liked my carbs, I can’t imagine going without them for a whole month. But I can’t imagine losing 20lbs in a month either. I MIGHT, might, might try this. I think I will just start slow??

  6. valerie says:

    This sounds like a wonderful diet. I am currently eating sauteed spinach(with onions and bell peppers) and a boiled egg for every meal. I can eat one peice of whole grain bread a day. And all the spinach or eggs I want. ( I am missing your legume which I may add after day 15)

    I am on day three and I have a solid 30 day commitment. I believe your diet plan would work. Mine is a bit harsher but that is because I have a problem sticking to a diet. After the first two weeks, I will see a noticeable loss. I am a size 16 I want to be a size14 or size12 in 30 days because I visit my Mom in 30 days.

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